WHAT'S ON TAP: A full slate of games is scheduled showcasing high school and collegiate women's hockey.
The Fighting Sioux are scheduled to play WCHA rival and defending NCAA champion Wisconsin at the UP Center at 7:37 p.m. both nights.
Along with the WCHA series, Concordia College is scheduled to play Concordia (Wis.) in NCAA Division III action, along with two North Dakota High School girls' hockey games between Fargo South and Devils Lake on Friday and Fargo North and Bismarck on Saturday.
MEDIA INFORMATION: Most Fighting Sioux regular season home hockey games can be heard on 1440 AM ("The Fan") and on stations across the Fighting Sioux Radio Network (excluding Dec. 13 against Minnesota) with broadcaster Darrin Looker calling the action. Dan Hammer will be calling the action in Fargo, N.D., against Wisconsin. A webcast and live stats will be available at FightingSioux.com
SCOUTING REPORT: The Badgers are currently in third place in the league with 19 points from nine wins and one tie ... Wisconsin is 12-5-3 overall this season ... In conference play, the Badgers are averaging 2.93 goals while giving up 1.79 ... Sophomore Brooke Ammerman leads the team in goals (14), assists (nine) and points (23) ... She is followed by junior Mallory Deluce (9-7-16) and freshman Brianna Decker (6-7-13) ... Becca Ruegsegger and Alanna McCready have split time in net for a combined .922 save percentage and a 1.82 goals-allowed average ... They have gone 11-for-93 (.118) on the power play and have converted 90-of-101 (.891) penalty-kill opportunities.
COACHING STAFF: They are led by interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser, who is filling in while Mark Johnson takes a sabbatical to coach the U.S. Olympic Team.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Badgers lead the all-time series 25-1-0 with its only loss coming this season.
On the night Wisconsin hung its nation championship banner, the Sioux got to play the role of spoiler. Freshman Ashley Furia scored the eventual game-winner late in the first period, senior Alex Williams added a goal and redshirt freshman Jorid Dagfinrud made 29 saves for the shutout win in her first collegiate start.
LAST ACTION: The Sioux opened their second-half action on New Year's Day with a two game series against Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Union College.
Despite outshooting the Dutchwomen 35-20, the Sioux were edged 3-1 for a disappointing start to the new decade. Ashley Furia scored the lone goal, her fifth of the season.
Still stymied through the first period and much of the second period offensively, the Sioux erupted for five goals in the final 25 minutes the next day.
Freshman Mary Loken led the way with two goals and 11 shots, while junior Stephanie Roy and sophomores Sara Dagenais and Margot Miller added one goal each.
Jorid Dagfinrud collected her second win of the season, both by shutout, making 14 saves.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: North Dakota's Mary Loken, a freshman forward from Roseau, Minn., scored two goals, fired 11 shots on goal and was a +2 in the Fighting Sioux's 5-0 shutout road victory against Union College last Sunday.
After a scoreless first period of play, Loken got North Dakota on the board first, scoring what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal at 15:03 of period two. She later added the first goal of the third period, scoring at the 3:02 mark, as UND built a 3-0 advantage enroute to the 5-0 win.
As a rookie, Loken has played in all of UND's 18 games so far this 2009-10 season and ranks second in scoring among her teammates with 12 points on six goals and six assists. She has two power-play goals, one game-winner and one game-tying tally to her credit.